The 56th Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines are Ronald M. Calamba of University of Bohol, Brian Adam S. Anay of Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan, Jerric R. Delfin of Central Mindanao University, Mark Lorenzo D. Permalino of Saint Louis University, Katherine Adrielle R. Bersola of University of the Philippines Diliman, Mark Anthony P. Baliuag of Saint Paul University Philippines, Kevin U. Facun of Bulacan State University, Brendan Jansen L. Tangan of Saint Paul University Philippines, Alexander Lacerna B. Bajarias of University of San Carlos, and Zedrick F. Laqui of De La Salle University – Manila. Also in photo: TOSP Foundation President Marie Concepcion-Young; Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo Founder Joey Concepcion; Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque; Inang Lupa Movement President and TOSP Chair of the Board of Judges Dr. William Dar; and TOSP Alumni Community President Pamela Asis-Layugan.
Last April 23, I attended the awarding ceremony of the 56th Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines at the Presidential Museum and Library.
It was a great honor to once again recognize the TOSP this year. Distinguishing the brightest minds of young Filipinos has been its mission for more than 50 years. Being part of the roster, whether 30 or 10, is already a big achievement for the students.
As a parent, I also want to commend their parents and mentors for shaping them to become the persons they are now. Mentoring your children today, in my experience, is pretty challenging especially with the advent of technology.
My advice to the students is, no matter what they’ve accomplished, no matter what degree or honor they get, their right place has already started. What’s important is what they do with what they’re blessed with.
Like Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said, they are the exemplary instruments of social change in the country. I truly hope that they continue to do exceptional work in supporting their advocacies and be the future leaders of this generation.
The 30 finalists of the 56th Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines together with the TOSP founder Jose Concepcion Jr. and wife Marivic Concepcion. Also in photo are TOSP Foundation President Marie Concepcion-Young; Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo Founder Joey Concepcion; Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque; Inang Lupa Movement President and TOSP Chair of the Board of Judges Dr. William Dar; and TOSP Alumni Community President Pamela Asis-Layugan.
Presidential Adviser on Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion gave a special message for the finalists and their parents.
Kevin Facun from Bulacan State University is one of the ten awardees. He received the award together with Candida Facun and Cecilia Gascon.
Jomar Felix from Philippine Normal University – North Luzon gave the official response of this year’s batch.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque was the guest speaker of the awarding ceremony.
The Padma Awards started in 1954 and this year, they extended the awards to 16 foreigners including 1 from each of the ASEAN countries. In photo: President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Indian cabinet officials, and foreigner Padma awardees.
Last Monday, together with other 84 Padma Awardees, I received the Padma Shri Award in New Delhi, India. I was accompanied by my wife Marissa and my children, Christian, Olivia and Magsy. The ceremony was held at the Rashtrapathi Bhavan Palace, which is the home of the president of India. The ceremony was led by President Ram Nath Kovind, with the attendance of Prime Minister Modi and the Cabinet secretaries of the Indian government.
As my name was called, Prime Minister Modi remembered me as I walked forward and bowed with my hands pressed together. Prime Minister Modi was happy that I got the award. He remembered how successful and well-attended the ABIS was last year. He was very friendly to us and even told my wife Marissa that he admires me and what I do for our country.
This is also a testament that we are on the right path of helping others. I am proud to share this award to the Go Negosyo Kapatid community, including our mentors, sponsors, conglomerates and advocates who are one with us in the advocacy of poverty alleviation through entrepreneurship.
This recognition is not just a personal merit. Instead, I treat it as a reminder of the great works that we are doing for our country.
PA Joey Concepcion received the Padma Shri Award from Indian President Ram Nath Kovind during the investiture ceremony held last April 2, 2018 in New Delhi, India
Indian President Kovind conferred the Padma Shri medal to PA Joey Concepcion.
PA Concepcion bowing in respect to President Kovind and other Indian government leaders.
Concepcion was one of the 84 Padma awardees. Most of the awardees are already of old-age.
PA Concepcion with wife, Marissa.
PA Concepcion with family: Magsy, Marissa, Christian and Olivia.
Padma awardees together with President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Indian cabinet officials.
The ceremony was held in Rashtrapati Bhavan Palace which is the residence of the President.
PA Joey Concepcion with awardees from other countries.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also witnessed the investiture ceremony.
The Rashtrapati Bhavan Palace at night.
Minister for Transport and Infrastructure of NSW Government Hon. Andrew James Constance, MP opened the Australia-ASEAN Business Insights Dinner hosted by the Australia-ASEAN Business Advisory Council and King & Wood Mallesons Law Firm.ASEAN BAC Philippines Chair and Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion seated as one of the panelists for the ASEAN-Australia Business and Investment Insights. He is joined by Richard Henfrey (CEO of Blackmores), Martin Tricaud (CEO of HSBC), Brad Chan (CEO of Banna Property Group and Founder of Haymarket HQ) and Tan Sri Dr Munir Majid (President of ASEAN Business Club, Chairman of CB ASEAN Research Institute, Chairman of Bank Muamalat Malaysia Berhad and Chairman of ASEAN BAC Malaysia).
Australia was the first dialogue partner of ASEAN when it comes to economic, trade, security and other development areas. Currently led by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Australia continuous to be an ally of the region most especially in the area of micro and small entrepreneurs development.
Just recently, I flew to Sydney, Australia to join several engagements. One of our agenda in Sydney is to launch the ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network (AMEN) in partnership with Australia-ASEAN Business Council. This has been my continuing advocacy and the legacy project of the council during my 2017 ASEAN Business Advisory Council chairmanship.
Together with co-council members, we promoted AMEN in the following meetings: ASEAN-Australia Business Insights Dinner in King & Wood Mallesons, Australian Business Leaders’ Exchange with ASEAN Business Advisory Council in Intercontinental Hotel, and lastly in the ASEAN-Australia Entrepreneurs Business Forum held in Sydney Startup Hub.
I was also invited to attend the Women in Business breakfast hosted by Lucy Turnbull, wife of Prime Minister Turnbull. Aside from that, I also attended the CEO Forum of Prime Minister Turnbull which was attended by selected business leaders from ASEAN and Australia. Other CEOs from the Philippines who joined were Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, Tessie Sy-Coson, Lance Gokongwei, and Enrique Razon.
From all the engagements, I also met Dr. Robert Kahn, one of the fathers of internet who invented TCP/IP protocols used in the communication over internet. I invited him to come to the Philippines and if possible, join the digital conference that we are organizing.
We look forward to a stronger partnership and linkage between ASEAN and Australian entrepreneurs. Together, we can create a more sustainable environment for our MSMEs.
2nd ASEAN-Australia Entrepreneurs Business Forum Panel on Mentorship for Entrepreneurs joined by ASEAN BAC Philippines Chair Joey Concepcion, Mark Gutowski (CEO of QUT Creative Enterprises Australia), Melissa Ran (Program Manager Global Founders of UNSW Founders Program), Lauren Montino (Community and Events Manager of Haymarket HQ) and Peter McKenna (Managing Director of Venturenauts). The panel moderated by Eleanor Mak (President of Australia-ASEAN Business Council) centered on the opportunities for entrepreneurs and startups in ASEAN and Australia.
ASEAN BAC Philippines Chair and Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion together with Australian Business Leaders and ASEAN BAC Members headed by Chair Dr. Robert Yap officially launched the ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network (AMEN) in Australia.
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s wife, Ms. Lucy Turnbull hosted the Women in Business Breakfast forum. She was also joined by the wife of Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Mdm. Ho Ching. A panel discussion followed joined by Mr. Alan Joyce AC (CEO of Qantas), Ms. Susan Jenkin (CEO of Ironbank Citrus and Ironbank Lao), Ms. Shinta Widjaja Kamdani (Owner and CEO of Sintesa) and Ms. Pathana Panyathip (Owner and Co-founder of Panyathip International School).
Concepcion with Australian Senator and Minister for Jobs and Innovation Michaila Cash.
Concepcion with Australian Ambassador to the Philippines H.E. Amanda Gorely and Australian Ambassador to ASEAN H.E. Jane Duke.
Concepcion with one of the fathers of the internet, Dr. Robert Kahn.
Concepcion shared the value of mentoring during the 2nd ASEAN-Australia Entrepreneurs Business Forum Panel on Mentorship for Entrepreneurs.
Concepcion with Prime Minister of Cambodian H.E. Hun Sen and ASEAN-BAC Cambodia Member Sok Piseth
Concepcion with Prime Minister of Laos H.E. Thongloun Sisoulith
Concepcion with Prime Minister of Australian Malcolm Turnbull, ASEAN BAC Cambodia Council Member Sok Piseth
Concepcion with Department of Trade and Industry of the Philippines Secretary Ramon Lopez
Concepcion with ASEAN-BAC Malaysia Chairman Tan Sri Dr. Mohd Munir Abdul Majid and Malaysia Prime Minister His Excellency Najib Razak
Concepcion with the new ASEAN Secretry General Dato Lim Jock Hoi.
GO NEGOSYO INSPIRING FILIPINA ENTREPRENEURS 2017. (first row from left) Gina Lorenzana, Sheree Gotuaco, Honie Navor, Mary Montemayor, DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Rosalind Wee, Socorro Ramos (National Bookstore), President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, Mercedes Gotianun, Go Negosyo Founder and PA on Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion, Tessie Sy-Coson, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Pacita Juan, Corazon Dayro-Ong and Ester Vitto. (Second row from left) Rebecca Bustamante, Anne Gonzalez, Evelyn Palomo, Felicitas Pantoja, ArizzaNocum, Rachel de Villa, Ana de Ocampo, EvellinDaytao, Cherrie Atilano, Doris Magsaysay Ho, Felicia Atienza, Lydia Lomibao, Arlene Mabute, Pamela Henares and Imelda Dagus.
A big part of our mission to empower Filipinos through entrepreneurship is directed towards mothers, aunts, grandmothers, and other women in the society. For the past 10 years, we have been honoring and recognizing successful and inspiring Filipina entrepreneurs through our annual Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit or FES.
FES is the platform we use to showcase creative business ideas, innovative business models, and well-thought of business strategies made by women entrepreneurs who have led their respective enterprises with grit and passion.
Looking back at those years, I was reminded of how many women entrepreneurs have been honored by Go Negosyo. More than 100 Pinays have been recognized as Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneur and more than 300 women have been part of the program as they have shared their entrepreneurial journey to thousands of participants.
More than the women awardees, panelists and speakers, imagine the number of participants in the audience who have been touched and encouraged to pursue their goals. Every year, we are averaging 5,000 delegates who are all ears during the summit.
As we celebrate its tenth run this year, let me share with you some highlights of the past Filipina Entrepreneurship Summits:
Joey Concepcion’s 100 Inspiring Stories of Small Entrepreneurs was launched during the Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit 2010. In photo are the featured entrepreneurs together with then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
Esther Vibal of Vibal Publishing received the award from Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion together with President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Myrna Yao, and Kat Luna-Abelarde.
In 2011, Batangas Governor Vila Santos-Recto was recognized during the 3rd Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit.
Joey Concepcion and then Go Negosyo Executive Director Ramon Lopez with the 2013 Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneur awardees.
2012 Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs together with their ladder trophies which signifies the path of entrepreneurship.
Joey Concepcion and Grace Padaca during the 2012 Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit.
Inspiring women entrepreneurs share their entrepreneurial stories. In photo (L-R) Alice Eduardo, Fe Agudo, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Maria Ressa, Yati Abdullah, Marife Zamora, Dr. Milagros Ong-How, and Karen Davila.
4th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit Awardees.
Sen. Cynthia Villar and Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago together with Joey Concepcion and Sec. Ramon Lopez during the Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit 2013.
Entrepreneur herself, Kris Aquino, interviewed one of the participants in the audience.
Micro entrepreneur Marivic Quiero together with Alice Eduardo and Joey Concepcion.
Sen. Grace Poe also attended the Filipina Entrepreneurs Summit 2015.
Sen. Grace Poe also attended the Filipina Entrepreneurs Summit 2015.
The 2016 Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs Awardees.
Every year, more than 5000 delegates attend the Filipina Summit. Attendees include students, entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs.
For the first time, in 2017, the awarding ceremony for Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneur Awards was held in Malacanang in the presence of President Duterte.
Socorro Ramos or fondly known Nanay Coring received the legacy award from President Duterte and Executive Secretary Bingbong Medialdea.
One of the awardees’ mother hugged President Duterte during the awarding ceremony.
In 2014, Joey Concepcion hosted a special dinner for 50 Inspiring women of Passion which includes Maria Ressa, Sheila Marcelo, and Jessica Cox. Joining them in photo is Karen Davila.
Business delegates of India and Philippines together with President Rodrigo Duterte.
NEW DELHI, India — Since my appointment as Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship, I try to attend the presidential state visits as a member of the official delegation of President Rodrigo Duterte. But I always take my own flight as the adviser to the president, as I do not want the government to spend for me since all my work is pro bono.
I joined President Duterte, his economic team, and the business delegates during the state visit in India for the ASEAN-India Special Commemorative Summit and India’s Republic Day. I was glad to be part of the delegation as we strengthened our partnership with India.
We just finished the round-table meeting with President Duterte, Indian businessmen and our trade team led by DTI Sec. Ramon Lopez and Usec. Nora Terrado, who both did an amazing job in this engagement. This is the first time in 10 years that a Philippine president has visited India.
Joining the delegation are Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce Philippines president Rex Daryanani and ASEAN-India Business Council head Johnny Chotrani. Rex is a dynamic leader who has harnessed the Indian Chamber well, which resulted in a partnership signing with the Indian Chamber of Commerce.
In his speech, President Duterte encouraged the Indian business community to invest in the Philippines. Many members of the business sector are already doing business in our country. Most of them are, in fact, in the BPO industry. Indians are also in the pharmaceutical industry and supply most of the generic drugs in the Philippines. The president was so engaged in the discussion that his team had to remind him that his plane was ready to take off. You could really sense his passion as a leader, just like India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Prime Minister Modi graced the second day of our ASEAN Business and Investment Summit last Nov. 13, 2017, where he talked about the impressive programs of India for MSME development. Indian Ambassador to the Philippines Jaideep Mazumdar was instrumental in his participation.
I was also surprised to receive the Padma Shri award, India’s fourth highest civilian award, during the state visit. The award was conferred to commemorate the silver anniversary of India-ASEAN partnership. I was not informed about this prior to the trip, so it came as a big surprise. One individual from each ASEAN country received the recognition and I am honored to be the representative of the Philippines.
Members of the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce Philippines and Indian Chamber of Commerce posed for a photo with their fist bump, a trade mark shot of the Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.
Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion with Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano and Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce Philippines President Rex Daryanani.
Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez with Marissa and Joey Concepcion.
Sec. Ramon Lopez led the presentation of business agreements. In photo are Presidential Adviser Joey Concepcion, Special Assistant to the President Bong Go, President Rodrigo Duterte, Presidential Legal Counsel Secretary Salvador Panelo, Trade Undersecretary Nora Terrado, and PCCI Chairman George Barcelon.
PA Joey Concepcion and wife Marissa with Rex and Angelica Daryanani and Secretary Ramon Lopez.
Manuel Louie Ferrer, Sec. Ramon Lopez, Edgar Saavedra, PA Joey Concepcion, Marissa Concepcion, Angelica Daryanani, and Rex Daryanani.
PA Joey Concepcion shared a lovely breakfast with former House Speaker and Congressman Sonny Belmonte. PA Joey suggested that Cong. Belmonte should hire someone to write a book about his life and leadership.
Cultural performances during the banquet for ASEAN leaders.
Special Assistant to the President Bong Go and PA Joey Concepcion
PA Joey Concepcion, Cathy Ileto, Usec. Nora Terrado, George Barcelon, and Johnny Chotrani
President Duterte encouraged Indians to continue doing business in the Philippines during the Presentation of Business Agreements.
President Duterte gave a speech during the Presentation of Business Agreements.
Some of the delegates of the Philippines-India Business Forum.
FICCI President Rex Daryanani and President Duterte. Also in photo is Secretary Ramon Lopez.
FICCI President Rex Daryanani led the partnership with Indian Chamber of Commerce.
Fist bump photo with members of the Indian Chambers.
Indian businessmen together with President Duterte, PA Joey Concepcion, Sec. Ramon Lopez, George Barcelon, and Usec. Nora Terrado.
ASEAN Leaders during the intimate banquet hosted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Colorful costumes completed the cultural performances.
Marissa Concepcion, Eva Tejada, Usec. Nora Terrado and Angelica Daryanani.
Josephine Gotianun Yap (Filinvest), Alice Eduardo (Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation), and Winston Uy (Universal Leaf Philippines)
“We wish for a year of peace, prosperity and progress for the Philippines and our countrymen.” – Josephine Gotianun Yap, Filinvest
For 2018, these are my wishes: more selflessness and peace in the world, more hopes realized, more efforts rewarded, more Filipinos with a better quality of life. For my children, nieces and nephews, I hope for them to find and keep purpose and to live lives that will contribute to the greater good.” – Alice Eduardo, Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation
“I wish for good weather and no calamities. Bountiful harvest for the farmers and no wasted resources of the government to alleviate calamities.” – Winston Uy, Universal Leaf Philippines
Cecilio Pedro (Lamoiyan Corporation), Marife Zamora (Convergys Philippines), and Manny Ayala (Endeavor Philippines)
“My wish is for our country to continue the path towards prosperity. Hoping more small and medium companies will benefit from the entrepreneurship programs of Go Negosyo. Praying the anti red tape bill will take off so more businesses could get permits instantly and generate jobs for our countrymen. Lastly, may our Lord continue to be gracious to all of us and let there be peace in our country.” – Cecilio Pedro, Lamoiyan Corporation
“In the hope that 2018 represents at least the start of a turning point, I offer these wishes. (1) Everyone in the world stand up for the rule of law; (2) the well-being of humanity keeps getting better. People live well and freely. We devote 2% or more of our philanthropic dollars to climate change; (3) democracy thrives. Creeping authoritarianism remains a major threat; (4) everyone finds an escape. I hope all of us find ways to escape our exhausting political times as well as our all-consuming digital technologies and enjoy ourselves. Take advantage of cheap, delicious and healthy food. Test drive a semi-autonomous car to get a feel of the future. And when in doubt, spend time with family and friends; and lastly, (5) the Philippines is a wonderful country in which the values of our Constitution are lived actively. A country that is strong and economically successful, in which people have work or thriving business more than ever.” – Marife Zamora, Convergys Philippines
“My wish for 2018: To find at least 6 more High Impact Entrepreneurs in the Philippines that Endeavor can support by giving them access to mentoring, markets, capital and talent.” – Manny Ayala, Endeavor Philippines
Rey Lapid (R.Lapid’s Chicharon and Barbecue), Patty Chilip (Standard Insurance), Annabella Wisniewski (Raintree Group)
“My hopes to continue the rebuilding of our country. Decrease unemployment by creating more job opportunities and build potential entrepreneurs through various MSME mentorship and assistance programs. Nationwide innovations to produce world-class products and services.” – Rey Lapid, R.Lapid’s Chicharon and Barbecue
“For 2018, I am hopeful that we can work together as a country to uplift the lives of the marginalized. What is heartening is that everyone is helping another – whether relative, scholar, a neighbor or friend. We are a generous and loving people and I pray that we are able to progress further as a nation through education, business, and hard work.” – Patty Chilip, Standard Insurance
“My sincerest wish for 2018 is for our country to FINALLY get its act together. For our people, especially those in power, to put the country’s welfare before selfish personal interests to think long term versus short term, & to actively initiate & participate in programs to improve the lives of those still left behind. On a personal basis, I pray for continued good health for truly, health is wealth.” – Annabella Wisniewski, Raintree Group
Myrna Yao (Richprime Global), Steve Benitez (Bo’s Coffee), and Arsenio Barcelona (Harbest Corporation)
“My wishes this 2018 are to have peace in the world, continuous economic growth for our country and may God protect our country from any disaster.” – Myrna Yao, Richprime Global
“For my industry, may the establishment of the Philippine Coffee Council bring all stakeholders together to realize the goals of the Philippine Coffee Road Map. For the country, may peace prevail and our economy grow even stronger and its impact felt all the way down to the grassroots level.” – Steve Benitez, Bo’s Coffee
“2018 will open doors to young entrepreneurs as big brothers and big sisters will share their life’s experiences of success and failures in business. It will be an eye and heart opener for both young and old. It will be a year of sharing and empowerment.” – Arsenio Barcelona, Harbest Corporation
Cong. Arthur Yap (House of Representatives), Corazon Dayro-Ong (CDO Foodsphere), and Atty. Gianna Montinola, Far Eastern University
“Less politics, more business. Less talk, more work. Less finger-pointing, more hand-holding. Less sickness, more health. Less greed, more gratitude. Less war, more peace. Problems will come and we will always be tested, but I pray that we will be given the strength and grace to survive our trials. I wish all prosperity and success in 2018.” – Cong. Arthur Yap, House of Representatives
“I continuously pray for good health, strength and wisdom for our family. For CDO Foodsphere, I wish nothing else but a solid foundation of growth and continued success not only for the upliftment of the lives of our stakeholders but co-workers as well. And for the country, my wish is for the Philippines to be able to move forward with leaders who are genuinely committed to serve our countrymen.” – Corazon Dayro-Ong, CDO Foodsphere
“As we look ahead to a new year, I wish we could all work together to bridge our differences and volunteer to find meaningful ways to create lasting impact in our poor communities and in our country.” – Atty. Gianna Montinola, Far Eastern University
Yati Abdullah (DHL Express Philippines), Samie Lim (Blims Furniture), Tony Meloto (Gawad Kalinga)
“May 2018 be a year of remarkable prosperity for businesses across diverse industries and homegrown enterprises nationwide, especially the SMEs that are ready to claim their stake on the immense growth potential in e-commerce. We live in such an exciting time when disruptors are welcomed and seen as opportunity for even the most established brands to think on their feet and cope to improve and thrive.” – Yati Abdullah, DHL Express Philippines
“I look forward to the coming of the ‘ Golden era for the MSME’s.’ When the government through DTI, then the private sector lead by PCCI and Go Negosyo converge and finally put their act together to built a sustainable strong middle class, that will bring us eventually to a ‘first world status.” – Samie Lim, Blims Furniture
“My wish for 2018: To achieve sustainable prosperity and peace in the Philippines by creating inclusive wealth through social entrepreneurship, promoting a patriotic market for top quality Philippine made products, developing our supply chain in self-reliant and self-sufficient rural farming communities, raising the new middle-class from the aspiring and hardworking Filipinos from the BOP (Bottom of the Pyramid). May we be one heart and one mind in building a prosperous nation through caring and sharing that truly honors God who gave us the privilege of being Filipino.” – Tony Meloto, Gawad Kalinga
Alegria Limjoco (Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry), Richard Sanz (Philippine Franchise Association), and Kat Luna-Abelarde (PLDT Global Corporation)
“As our economy grows from good to great, may PCCI be an instrument in uplifting the plight of Filipino businesses in order to serve as big brothers to our small brothers. the MSMEs. Hence, create a stronger middle class.” – Alegria Limjoco, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry
“For 2018, I foresee that 2018 will be the year that Philippine MSME’s will finally start to bloom, expand, and level up to provide the much-needed inclusive growth. Picture this, if the MSME’s grow, millions of jobs and trade opportunities will open up, and fellow Filipinos won’t need to go abroad because the opportunities are right here in our own land! Families won’t be separated, the next generation will be well-guided by both their parents, and so on. And we Filipinos will gain the reputation, dignity, and pride we deserve, not a nation of servers, but a nation of builders! 2018 will definitely bring us closer to our common dream of bringing prosperity to all Filipinos especially with the support of President Duterte through the efforts of PA Joey and Sec. Mon Lopez. That’s why the Philippine Franchise Association (PFA) is strengthening its role to the country by developing dynamic programs to assist MSME’s in the restaurant, retail, and service sectors level up and grow thru franchising. Mabuhay and wishing a prosperous new year to all Filipino entrepreneurs!” – Richard Sanz, Philippine Franchise Association
“What a wonderful journey we find ourselves in, and it can only get better! May our Leaders be gifted with the mental tenacity and physical resilience to shepherd our people towards sustainable progress. May our children – our future – be raised with a deeper sense of “malasakit” — Global Awareness, Love for Country, and Empathy towards others. May we all find our life-purpose and have the courage to live it. And that in all things, God May Be Glorified.” – Kat Luna-Abelarde, PLDT Global Corporation
Mylene Abiva (FELTA), Rommel Juan (Binalot), and Former Trade Secretary Greg Domingo
“I wish the Filipino youth will be globally competitive in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) relevant workforce. All Philippine schools adopt robotics integrated education in the grass roots level. And, I continue to spread the importance of the 5 P’s (Positive, Proactive, Physically fit, Passionate, and Prayerful) to the success in personal and business challenges.” – Mylene Abiva, FELTA
“I wish for more branches to open for BINALOT in country and abroad. I wish that the the country continuous to enjoy the economic progress that we are currently experiencing. And that more foreign investments come with the help of our Super Secretary Mon Lopez , PA Joey and the Go Negosyo community.” – Rommel Juan, Binalot
“Wishing for good health and lots of love all around!” – Former Trade Secretary Greg Domingo
Josiah Go (Mansmith and Fielders), Joy Abaquin (Multiple Intelligence School International), and Federico Moreno (Xcess Salon)
“I wish companies will allow their employees to teach in school or do community service during office time.” – Josiah Go, Mansmith and Fielders
“For 2018 my wish is true PEACE and PROGRESS for every family, for our communities and for our country. I pray that as Filipinos, we will put our love for country in action, by building inclusive businesses, promoting equitable practices, and showing genuine love for neighbor. As an educator, I hope that more youth entrepreneurs will make a difference for our country!” – Joy Abaquin, Multiple Intelligence School International
“I wish for our country’s continued phenomenal economic growth and for the alleviation of the lives of our less fortunate Filipino brothers and sisters. My wish for my children is for them to continue to appreciate the love of God and that they would be strengthened by it and for them to pass on this love to the people they encounter everyday through their kindness and humility.” – Federico Moreno, Xcess Salon
Romy Bernardo (Lazaro Bernardo Tiu / RL Bernardo Associates), Glenn Yu (Seaoil Philippines), and Rommel Sytin (Foton Motor Philippines)
“My wishes include: much more activity under Build Build Build (BBB), government’s massive P8.1 trillion medium-term infrastructure program that has been likened to a battleship that will be hard to stop once it has gathered momentum; passage of Package 2 of the Duterte Administration’s Comprehensive Tax Reform Program. Package 2 seeks to lower the corporate income tax rate (CIT), currently at 30% and higher than the statutory tax rates in most ASEAN economies; and moderate inflation pressures that will give the BSP more freedom to manage domestic and external risks, including tightening global financial conditions expected to accompany a wider current account deficit. – Romy Bernardo, Lazaro Bernardo Tiu / RL Bernardo Associates
“I for one would like for 2018 to pass more slowly, so that I can truly appreciate and think about, learn and understand each experience, each encounter, each moment – this to me is about making LIFE more intentional and meaningful. A friend shared with me this quote from John Maxwell, “Learning to write is learning to think. You don’t know anything clearly unless you can state it in writing.” So I’m committed to going back to journaling this year. Something that I used to do, but admittedly have not been able to over the past year.” – Glenn Yu, Seaoil Philippines
“My wish is that the country will continue to prosper and improve the lives of people living in the poverty line. Peace in the universe and our nation. Our President continue to be guided by the good Lord to help our country move leaps and bounds.” – Rommel Sytin, Foton Motor Philippines